String of deadly lightning strikes underscores the need for safety precautions during weather events

Blog Post created by freddurso Employee on Sep 3, 2013

CNN reports that a 31-year-old man died and two others were injured this week from a lightning strike that occurred while the men were pressure-washing a rig.

The incident follows a string of lightning strikes this year that have resulted in deaths and injuries. Last month, two farmers died after lightning struck a barn, and 12 soldiers were injured from lightning during a training procedure, according to CNN.

"One in 3,000 people has a chance of being hit by lightning (in a  lifetime)," said CNN's Chief Medical Correspondent, Dr. Sanjay Gupta.  "Thankfully, very few people die, but it happens a lot more than people realize."

Fires initiated by lightning can also wreak havoc; NFPA estimates that fire departments responded to more than 24,000 lightning-initiated fires each year during 2006-2010.

Download NFPA's lightning safety tip sheet, and watch NFPA's Lisa Braxton discuss some of these tips in the following video: